Artful Experiences


New educational arts seminar series launched at McGill

The forecast is calling for arts education at McGill this fall. Over the next two months, the University’s Faculty of Education is holding a quartet of public seminars that will examine everything from the role of arts in schools to the cultural awakening that teaching abroad can provide. Curious? Read on to see what’s on the program:

The Role of Dance in Public Education will examine the role and place of dance in schools. Guest Speaker Jill Green, a Dance Education co-ordinator at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, will look at various perspectives and philosophies regarding the inclusion of dance and other arts into elementary, middle or high school curriculum.

  • Date: Friday, Oct. 20, 2000
  • Time: 4 pm to 5:30 pm
  • Location: 3700 McTavish Street, room B148

Indian Dance: A Tradition in Transition: Part lecture, part demonstration, this second seminar will feature Sonal Mansingh. A leading figure in the Indian dance community, Mansingh has danced in 75 countries around the globe since the debut of her career in 1961. A trustee of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, she will share her perspectives as a dancer, choreographer, teacher, philosopher and social activist. Audiences can expect her to demonstrate a dance step or two, as well.

  • Date: Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2000
  • Time: 5 pm to 8 pm
  • Location: 3700 McTavish Street, Jack Cram Auditorium, room 129

Martha Germain, an University of Michigan Education professor, is headlining the third, interactive seminar: Cultural Learning and Pedagogy. The author of Worldly Teachers: Cultural Learning and Pedagogy, Germain will share the accounts of six North Americans who taught in China and discuss the transformations these teachers experienced working abroad.

  • Date: Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2000
  • Time: 4 pm to 5:30 pm
  • Location: 3700 McTavish Street, room B148

The Ear Connection seminar will look at the varying ways people can listen to music. Audiences will be asked to participate in musical demonstrations by speaker Betty Hanley, Chair of the Education in Arts department at the University of Victoria. Hanley will also examine ways to influence governments to include arts education in Canadian schools.

  • Date: Monday, Nov. 13, 2000
  • Time: 4 pm to 5:30 pm
  • Location: 3700 McTavish Street, room B148

The arts seminars is a new initiative at McGill and Ratna Ghosh, Faculty of Education dean, hopes the public will attend in great numbers. "We also hope this series highlights the need for vibrant arts programs in Canadian schools," she says. "Arts education is an important aspect of every person’s overall development."